The (Metaphysical) Foundations of Arithmetic?

Noûs 51 (4):775-801 (2017)
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Abstract

Gideon Rosen and Robert Schwartzkopff have independently suggested (variants of) the following claim, which is a varian of Hume's Principle: When the number of Fs is identical to the number of Gs, this fact is grounded by the fact that there is a one-to-one correspondence between the Fs and Gs. My paper is a detailed critique of the proposal. I don't find any decisive refutation of the proposal. At the same time, it has some consequences which many will find objectionable.

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Tom Donaldson
Simon Fraser University

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